Is American Idol really over for good?
1. Tonight marks the final episode of American Idol, the former cultural juggernaut that introduced the world to superstars like Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Hudson and Adam Lambert. But the show doesn't plan to go quietly. Memorable Idols like William Hung (from "She Bang, She Bang" fame) and Brian Dunkleman, Ryan Seacrest's hosting partner during the show's first season, are rumored to make an appearance on the finale.
2. Pageantry aside, this might not be the last we see of Idol. Simon Fuller, the show's creator, has hinted that Idol might try to make a comeback. Fuller thinks that Idol's regeneration should be much more interactive than its current format, and perhaps even give former contestants a second chance at stardom.
3. So, is tonight really the last we'll see from American Idol?
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The 67th Emmys is one for the history books, y'all. For starters, How to Get a Way with Murder actress Viola Davis nabbed the trophy for Best Actress in a Drama Series, becoming the first African-American actress to do so (You don't want to miss her acceptance speech). Davis’ acceptance speech had Kerry Washington and most of the audience in tears as she quoted Harriet Tubman and thanked a slew of established actors and writers. On another note, Jeffrey Tambour won a trophy for his lead role in Transparent, marking the first time an actor, or actress, to win an Emmy for a transgendered role. And finally, Games of Thrones set the record for most awards won by a show in a single year, picking up 12 trophies when the night was said and done. Television might be dying, but last night's ceremony was certainly a sign of life.
Just in time for Shark Week, shark populations make a comeback
1. Here’s something you don’t hear everyday: Maybe we’re doing too well protecting shark populations. At least that’s what George Burgess, director of the Florida Program for Shark Research, is hinting towards. After “Jaws” hit theaters in 1975, great white sharks faced more danger than ever as throngs of fisherman began capturing and killing the animals for their own prize collections. However, as shark conservationists ramped up efforts to protect the species, special rules were put in place to keep sharks off the mantle. As a result, great white shark populations are the highest they’ve been in decades.
2. You know what else is the highest it’s been in decades? Shark attacks. Oomph. Just in the last three weeks, North Carolina has seen six shark attacks, as much as it saw in all of 2014. While some scientists point to El Nino’s weather patterns as a reason sharks are swimming closer to coasts, others say there are simply too many people in the water. Sharks' biggest foe, local fisherman, are using the surge in attacks to reinvigorate the debate to lift shark-fishing bans.
3. So, is it open season for sharks? Or should the species still be protected?
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